Beavers' streak at 23; Harrison slam fuels 13-1 win over LSU


Beavers' streak at 23; Harrison slam fuels 13-1 win over LSU

The next inning would see LSU's starting pitcher Eric Walker, who was looking good, leave the game with forearm tightness and, even though they were only trailing 1-0, it felt like LSU would have a mountain to climb if they wanted to knock off the Beavers. He advanced to second via a fielders choice for Nick Madrigal. Kwan walked. Gretler and Kwan scored on a double by Madrigal.

"We weren't very competitive", said subdued LSU coach Paul Mainieri, whose 49-18 team had its 17-game winning streak snapped to send the Tigers to a Wednesday's losers bracket game against Florida State. They blew a 5-1 lead in the sixth inning against No. 1 national seed Oregon State on Saturday, and they failed to hold a 4-3 sixth-inning lead against the Seminoles after Dillon Persinger's double and Timmy Richards' two-run homer.

Fehmel (6-2) kept LSU scoreless for six innings before Zach Watson (2 for 4) whacked a solo homer with one away in the seventh to avoid the shutout.

The Beavers finally got to Gilbert in the 5 when normally sure-handed shortstop Kramer Robertson dropped the ball after fielding a grounder off of Cadyn Greiner's bat with one out.

The Beavers lead grew to 3-0 with two runs in the top of the fifth when they took advantage of some sloppy LSU defense. Harrison came up and smashed the first grand-slam home run ever hit in the new T.D. Ameritrade Park.

The Beavers added three in the seventh, which included a two-run double by Madrigal. With two outs Madrigal singled to center.

It all started with an innocent bunt by Oregon State's speedy Steven Kwan that caught LSU on their heels.

Two factors led to Oregon State dominating the pitch-count battle, aside from the obvious fact that the Beavers had a better night offensively.

Blake Workman came on and intentionally walked Jackson Lueck, and then walked Quincy Nieporte and Cal Raleigh to give the Seminoles a one-run lead. The 12-run margin tied the largest in a CWS game in the seven years it's been played at TD Ameritrade. A&M, incidentally, scored 10 unanswered runs after the seventh inning in its super-regional clincher when down four runs to Davidson. "I thought I was making some good pitches". It seemed all Oregon State needed was for LSU to not have a crisp day in the field, but the Tigers were at times sloppy. "It was off-speed, fastball and you never knew what was going to come next". Walker (8-2) was charged with the loss, as he worked two innings, allowing one run on two hits with no walks and no strikeouts.

Coach Paul Mainieri said during the game that the injury was not a structural issue, merely a worn out muscle that "became unbearable".

Nick Coomes was in the lineup again at first base.Two of LSU's four hits were pinch-hit singles in the ninth by Chris Reid and Jake Slaughter.

"We have a lot of respect for (OSU) Coach (Pat) Casey and his staff, and I expect that this game will be a complete blast".

McKay-who the Tampa Bay Rays drafted with the No. 4 overall pick-wasn't spectacular either and allowed four earned runs in five innings. Hunter gives up the grand slam to KJ (Harrison). Pretty much everything went wrong for the Tigers - they made some mistakes early on, and Oregon State made them pay each time they did, because that's what absurdly good teams do. "But just right from the start, things didn't go well for us".

"It was wonderful. I'm very thankful and blessed to be able to do something like that", Harrison said.



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